Weekends on Wednesdays

Thomas Isaac Log Cabin

This Weekend:

Kiss Me, Kate (Bowie)
Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate epitomizes the American musical comedy at its irresistible best.

Sweetlife Festival (Columbia)
Two day festival featuring some nationally known artists: Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd, Banks, Pixies, Charli XCX, Billy Idol, Phantogram, Marina & The Diamonds, Bleachers, Tove Lo, Vance Joy, Lucius, Vic Mensa, Allen Stone, SZA, Raury, MisterWives, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sinkane, San Fermin, Life of Dillon, WET, GoldLink, Sun Club, HOLYCHILD, The BOTS, The Walking Sticks, Bishop Nehru

Annapolis Greek Festival (Annapolis)
Capture a taste of Athens right here in Annapolis when you join in the fun at this annual family-friendly event. Enjoy Greek dance performances, sample Greek cuisine and more.

Scottish Ballet (D.C.)
In their Kennedy Center debut, Scottish Ballet infuses drama and dance in a bold new take on Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire". At the Opera House.

Frederick Beer Week (Frederick)
Many of the local beers you will sample at Frederick Beer Week have been made with locally grown ingredients. As you sit in Frederick restaurants and attend the festivals that are part of Frederick Beer Week, remember that it might have been made with hops or barley from farms only minutes from where you sit .

Awesome Con (D.C.)
The comic and pop culture convention presents more than 50 movie and TV celebrities including William Shatner and George Takei, voice actors, comic book artists and writers and cast members from shows such as "Power Rangers."

Good People (Frederick)
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling.

Washington Folk Festival (Glen Echo)
The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents 450 area musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and crafters at its 35th annual festival, plus craft vendors, jam sessions and music and dance workshops including traditional Hawaiian hula, Klezmer and English Country Dance. FREE

MD State Special Olympic Equestrian Games (Upper Marlboro)
Two day equestrian event for Challenged Equestrian riders.

NSO Teddy Bear Concert (D.C.)
rombones, a garden hose, violins and a funnel horn are played in "Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!". At the Family Theater.

Spaceflight America Museum and Science Center (Prince Frederick)
Join us for two days of fun, excitement. See artifacts from the dawn of the space program to today. Kidz Zone!

UniverSoul Circus (Windsor Mill)
Celebrating 21 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun.

Western MD Blues Fest (Hagerstown)
The Fest is a family musical event which features national, regional and local blues musicians, as well as family and children's workshops

Color Vibe 5k Run/Walk (Elkton)
Get ready Elkton for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you'll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K.


Totally Tango (Gaithersburg)
Celebrate the eternal dance of love with a performance by acclaimed tango ensemble Quintango at the Arts Barn followed by a 'milonga,' tango dance party, at the Kentlands Mansion. Dance instruction and refreshments are included.

Ladies Night Out: Social, Sunset Hike and Campfire (Columbia)
Come join other nature-loving gals on a Friday night adventure! For those interested in grabbing a bite to eat first, meet at Great Sage vegan restaurant (greatsage.com) at 6 pm. Afterwards, immerse yourself in the great outdoors at Robinson Nature Center on an hour-long guided hike with the Center’s naturalists. Learn about fascinating flora, fauna, and history before watching the sunset and settling down next to a cozy campfire! You must preregister for the program (tables are reserved in advance). When registering, specify if you would like to join us for dinner or just the hike and campfire. The hike begins at 7:30 pm. Please meet us in the Robinson lobby after dinner for the hike. Ages 21+. Cost $10


American Chestnut Land Trust Family Day Celebration (Prince Frederick)
The afternoon will offer wildlife exhibits, guided introductory hikes, a scavenger hunt, food and more at the Double Oak Farm. More information available at acltweb.org!

Asian Heritage Month Celebration (Frederick)
A FREE fun-filled day with something for everyone; entertainment, food, games and activities. All are invited to come and spend the day enjoying and celebrating Asian Heritage.

Big Train Baseball (Rockville)
Exhibition Game vs. Gaithersburg Giants. Summer Collegiate Baseball demonstrates the value of sports in the development of full and contributing citizens. Come out, cheer the players and be a part of a community-based and family friendly effort to improve the lives of our young people.

Marietta Wine Festival (Glenn Dale)
Wine Festival with various wineries from Maryland, and Romano's Winery in Prince George's County.

Songs of Aspiration, Achievement and Celebration (Rockville)
Hear new music and choral favorites by Barber, Paulus, Vaughn Williams and Whitacre at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Six Degree Singers has been featured in events all around the D.C.-metro area.

HoCo Passport to the Past 2015 Summer Program (Ellicott City)
The program invites children in preschool through Grade 8 to discover the county’s past. Participants may pick up a Passport booklet and begin their journey visiting Howard County mill ruins, learn the history of local firefighting, visit two-room schoolhouses, a meditative shrine, a farm owned by the same family since 1797 and more. Twenty-four historic sites from Savage to Lisbon are pictured in the Passport and participants are asked to visit 15 of the sites and take a personal photo at the site to be included in the Passport booklet. If photos cannot be made, participants may draw a picture of the site. Completed Passports will be validated at the Miller Branch library with a deadline date of Aug. 29. There will be a drawing for prizes at the end of the program. Passports may be picked up at these locations any time after its kickoff date (May 30).

Nature Kayak Tour with Terrapin Adventures (Savage)
Come join us as we explore one of the gentlest rivers in the Baltimore-Washington area, the Patuxent River. Our experienced and entertaining guides will explain the basics of kayaking from paddling to steering and how to safely enter/exit your kayak. We often see many different kinds of wildlife like birds, fish, and turtles as we meander quietly on the many coves and inlets. About halfway through we will stop to enjoy a snack we provide before heading back.3 Hour Tour is $49. Add a picnic for $20/person. Must be 10 years old. Pre-registration required at www.terrapinadventures.com/tours-trips or call 301-725-1313

George Thorogood and Brian Setzer (Baltimore)
George Thorogood and his long time band The Destroyers and Brian Setzer Rockabilly great perform together at Pier sSix.

Washington Balalaika Society presents "Flight of the Bumblebee" (Rockville)
Washington Balalaika Society presents a concert featuring Russian, Ukrainian and Gypsy music in a celebration of "wings, strings and musical things."

Woodstock Bike Fest and Outdoor Rock Concert (Woodstock)
A wonderful event for motorcycle enthusiasts featuring a beard and moustache contest and music that rocks from the band Remedy.

Artreach Mosaic Mural Workshop (Columbia)
Join artist Susan Stockman and your fellow community members to create a collaborative mosaic. The first mosaic panel will be unveiled at the free ARTreach Festival at Long Reach Village Center on June 20th. Later this year, the completed mural will be installed at Long Reach for everyone to enjoy! This is a FREE hands-on workshop open to ages 8 and over. (All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.) Register for the ARTreach Mosaic Mural Workshops today! Space is limited. Advance registration is suggested. Drop in for a few hours or stay for full session. Attend one or more sessions!
Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate epitomizes the American musical comedy at its irresistible best. - See more at: http://www.visitmaryland.org/event/2nd-star-productions-presents-kiss-me-kate#sthash.SnG8Nl6k.dpuf
Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate epitomizes the American musical comedy at its irresistible best. - See more at: http://www.visitmaryland.org/event/2nd-star-productions-presents-kiss-me-kate#sthash.SnG8Nl6k.dpuf

Weekends on Wednesdays

Mission Possible 5K and 1 mile Color Fun Run
This Weekend:

Balticon 49: Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention (Bel Air)
Join over a thousand SF fans for the area's largest and longest running convention of its kind! Visit our huge art show, dealer's room, concerts, dances, gaming room, computer room and video room. Everything Science Fiction and Fantasy in one huge package.

Chestertown Tea Party (Chestertown)
Parade, demonstrations of colonial life, historic reenactments, distance run and walk, crafts, local food and music.

Del Fest (Cumberland)
Four fun-filled, bluegrass stompin’ days along the Potomac River are just around the corner. Now is the time to start mapping out your daily musical musings for The Del MCCoury Band and much more.

Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival (Chesapeake Beach)
A commemoration of United States military that served our country featuring a traditional Memorial Day ceremony, entertainment, picnic and family events. Various locations in Calvert County.

Family and Friends in Nature (Big Pool)
Bring you family and friends to come explore the natural side of Fort Frederick State Park. Feature include self guided and staff led outdoor nature & recreational activities.

GeoWoodstock XIII (Sharpsburg)
GWXIII provides the opportunity for geocachers, both new and experienced, to get together and enjoy a relaxing fun-filled day for the entire family.

Clark's Elioak Farm Gem Mining Weekend (Ellicott City)
Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Fun for all ages. Geode cracking, too. For more information about gem mining, checkwww.mobileminingexperience.com. The petting farm and the rides will also be open on MEMORIAL DAY, Monday May 25th.


Planes--Fire and Rescue (Frederick)
Films the entire family can enjoy. Free popcorn and drinks at the Howard County Library System Miller Branch.


Carribbean Wine, Music and Arts Festival (Mount Airy)
The steel drum band and reggae beats fill the air, sip Linganore wines and enjoy mellow vibes.

Hampstead Day (Upperco)
This popular event held at Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds includes antiques, craft and other vendors, as well as food and a variety of entertainment.

Heart Live in Concert (Solomons)
Well-known for 70’s hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” and so many more, Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. They had huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of other hits!

HoCo Historical Society's Bootleggers' Paradise II: Whiskey Tasting (Ellicott City)
The Howard County Historical Society’s Bootleggers’ Paradise II: Whiskey Tasting event is back by popular demand. The event will take place on May 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the HCHS’s Museum.
The 1920’s style Speakeasy Party and Whiskey Tasting Event with representatives from Whiskey America and jazz band the Will Fischer Orchestra will once again entertain.  This event marks the end of  the exhibit highlighting this time in history which is on display in the museum.  A ticket includes a whiskey tasting of five premium whiskeys, light fare and refreshments, and music.  Dust off that flapper costume, practice your Charleston and join the Howard County Historical Society and Whiskey America as we once again step back to the 1920’s.

Hills of Milltown 5K (Ellicott City)
Lace up and race up the hills, down the valleys and around the winding streets past historic sites and homes. www.active.com/ellicott-city-md/running/races/hills-of-milltown-5k-challenge-20155. Begins in Parking Lot F at the corner of Main Street and Ellicott Mills Road.

Nature Quest Hike (Catonsville)
Enjoy the Trolley Trail and the Banneker Back Country on a guided hike as we collect two rubbings for the Baltimore County Nature Quest. A 2.5 mile hike over easy to moderate terrain. Adults and children 5+

Red Cross Blood Drive at Marley Station Mall (Glen Burnie)
Join Marley Station Mall and the American Red Cross on Saturday, May 23 and help save lives by donating blood in memory of Justin Fishell.

Run to Remember-Memorial Day 5K (Salisbury)
Honor our nation’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day by participating in the Run To Remember Memorial Day 5K run/walk. Check-in and registration start at 7 a.m.

Susquehanna in Bloom (Havre de Grace)
Join us at Susquehanna in Bloom Holistic Practitioner presentations services and products Craft and Home Business vendors Community Organizations Family-friendly Activities On-site food and beverage availability--An assortment of options including vegetarian fare.

The 55th Colonial Highland Gathering at Fair Hill (Elkton)
Highland dance, piping, drumming, pipe bands, sheep dog demos, vendors and food.


Frederick Irish Festival (Frederick)
Plenty of entertainment with music, dance and children's activities plus arts & crafts too. and it wouldn't be an Irish Festival without traditional food & drink! Don't miss this fundraiser for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Soft Shell Spring Fair (Crisfield)
Fresh crab cakes and soft crabs, entertainment, Watermen's Hall of Fame and more.

Sauntering down the bluebird trail (Columbia)
Spend a pleasant morning learning about Bluebirds by walking a Bluebird Box trail with Wes Earp of the Howard County Bird Club and Robinson Nature Center naturalists. Ever wonder what nest you are looking at? During the program learn how to recognize the nests of different “cavity-nesting” birds that use bluebird boxes. During the mile walk, discover more about the cycle of nest building, egg laying, and the fledging of young, including how to age young chicks. Enjoy examining Bluebird house construction and learn how to place a box for optimum success. You must preregister for this program. Meet at the Schooley Mill Park parking lot at the farm house (first lot on left, top of hill). Ages 7 +. Cost: $5.00.

Festival of India (Baltimore)
On Sunday May 24th 2015, celebrate ISKCON Baltimore's 13th Annual Rathayatra (Chariot Parade) & Festival of India in downtown Baltimore's world famous Inner Harbor. The festival site will be McKeldin Square (Corner of Light and Pratt St.)
The Parade begins at 12:00pm at the corner of Key Highway and Light Street behind the Science Center at the Inner Harbor, continuing up Light Street and ending at McKeldin Square on the corner of Pratt and Light Streets for the opening ceremonies of the Festival of India starting at 2pm.
This event is free to attend and will feature a vegetarian feast, live music, dance & drama, cultural exhibits, gift shops, books on yoga & meditation, family fun & more!

 "The President's Own" United States Marine Band will launch Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts' summer season with a program of concert band favorites. A fireworks display will follow the concert. At the Filene Center.


The Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue and ends on Church Street at the Westminster Cemetery. A memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the cemetery. 

Memorial Day Ceremony (Lutherville Timonium)
The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens salutes the men and women of the armed forces who have paid the highest price in defense of the United States of America.

Parade, games, food, basketball tournament

A professional 5K race and a festive 1 mile COLOR FUN run. You can choose to run in one or both!

Weekends on Wednesdays

National Pike Festival and Wagon Train
This Weekend:

Annual Greek Festival (Frederick)
Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church is kicking off the annual Greek Festival on May 15th -18th. We’ll be celebrating the beauty of traditional Greek culture, including music, food and dancing. Each year an estimated 15,000 people attend the festival from Frederick and surrounding counties.

Chesapeake Bay Waterfowl Arts Show (Leonardtown)
Formally known as the Potomac Wildlife Art Show, the event’s name has been changed to be more reflective of the scope of the show. Artists, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, wine tastings, decoy competitions, and auctions are just some of the things that take place during the event

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival (Annapolis)
Featuring: Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro, Davy Knowles, Patty Reese, Quinn Sullivan and more 

Dirty Dancing (Baltimore)
This worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

National Pike Festival and Wagon Train (Hagerstown)
Wagon train travels 40 miles with encampments. Visit old-fashioned town festivals that celebrate the road that made a nation.

Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival (Ellicott City)
Turf Valley brightens the skies and illuminates the night at this three-day festival with hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment and food.

Somerset Strawberry Festival (Marion Station)
Live music, food, strawberries, Little Miss & Mr. pageant, parade.

USNA Commissioning Week (Annapolis)
Each year, approximately 1,000 midshipmen graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and receive their commissions as officers in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. 

Marley (Baltimore)
After a failed attempt on his life, Marley left Jamaica in 1976 for London, where he spent nearly two years in self-imposed exile. Chronicling the events surrounding this earth-shaking moment, Marley tells the story of a man transformed into one of the 20th Century’s greatest musical icons. Daily May 16, 2015 thru June 14, 2015.

Mount Airy May Fest 2015 (Mount Airy)This is a crafter/vendor event where you will find lots of great food, rides for the children, and music for everyone to enjoy! Join us for two days of fun. Call 301-829-LION (5466) for times. 

Annual Drums on the Pocomoke (Pocomoke City)
Come and enjoy our many talented vendors of Native crafts, jewelry, music and traditional items. Make sure to bring your chairs and/or blankets.

Railroad Heritage Days (Hagerstown)
Thomas the Tank, trackless train ride, G, O and HO model railroads, Trains of Christmas, historic railroad, military and fire equipment displays. 

Wine in the Woods (Columbia)
Voted “Best Annual Festival in Howard County” by Howard Magazine. Combines live music, food and tastings from 25 Maryland wineries.


Half-Price Friday Nights at the National Aquarium (Baltimore)
Friday is your night to hang-out with the Aquarium's 17,000 animal residents! Get access to award-winning exhibits for half the price of general admission - Fridays after 5 - 9:30 PM.

Hard Rock Cafe Happy Hour with Carly Rae Jepsen (Baltimore)
Join Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore and Z104.3 for a FREE live performance from Carly Rae Jepsen and enjoy Hard Rock’s Happy Hour specials

Whipp's Garden Cemetary Plant Sale (Ellicott City)
The Whipps plant sale will feature many natives’ perennial flowers, including many butterfly, shade-loving, and deer-resistant plants.  Many of the plants, including natives so favored in today’s landscape, are donated from the gardens of Master Gardeners. The sale is a favorite of Ellicott City gardeners because it features many unusual and hard-to-find varieties.

2015 Maryland Pickers- Annual Maryland National Road Yard Sale (Various)
2 full weekends of treasure hunting and selling on the 170-mile byway from Baltimore to western Maryland. Check periodically for yard sales, special events and Main Street specials.

Symphonic Pops (Columbia)
This family-friendly concert brings together blockbuster hits from Broadway, the silver screen, popular song, light classics and more.


140th Running of the Preakness Stakes (Baltimore)
The Preakness is one of the nation’s largest, single-day, annual sporting events! Baltimore's Old Hilltop comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds compete. The region's biggest party is at Preakness InfieldFest! 

55th Annual Fair Hill Scottish Games (Elkton)
This is one of the premier festivals in the region with over 500 competitors & performers from around the world who compete in music, dancing, athletic, & other events. Featured performers are Albannach, Searson, Charlie Zahm & Carl Peterson. Admission price varies. Check the website for pricing.

5K Cross Country Run (Reisterstown)
5K Cross Country Run at Baltimore Humane Society Date: Saturday, May 16 Registration: opens at 7amFor more Information or to RSVP call 410-833-8848 or email goldband@bmorehumane.org 

9th Annual Secret Garden Tour (Havre de Grace)
View lovely private gardens in historic Havre de Grace. Begins at the Maritime Museum . Sponsored by the Gardens de Grace Club- Fundraiser Rain or Shine -$ 

American Civil War Day (Princess Anne)
Civil War artifacts and weapons exhibits, re-enactors, lecture, book sales, free admission and refreshments.

Baltimore Regional Toddler Fair (Timonium)
The 21st Annual Baltimore Regional Toddler Fair is back! Activities for the family include pony rides, a fire truck & squirt house, face painting, food, interactive gymnastic demonstrations, an appearance by the Baltimore Orioles Bird, a small mammal and reptile exhibit and much more! 

Center for Children's 7th Annual Touch-a-Truck (Waldorf)
Touch-a-Truck is a unique and interactive community event that provides families with the opportunity to touch, learn, and explore vehicles and meet those who protect, serve, and build our Southern Maryland community. This event also features special performances, local food vendors, and more! 

Coming Home: Civil War 1865 (Poolesville)
Featuring history hikes, period crafts, music, an Underground Railroad hike, bike and canoe rides, tours of the lockhouse, a soldiers camp, and Civil War era baseball

Gaithersburg Book Festival (Gaithersburg)
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual celebration of great books and great writing that will feature more than 100 top authors, including award-winners and national best-sellers in fiction, non-fiction, mystery, poetry, children’s and young adult literature. Admission is free.

Kent Island Day (Stevensville)
The Kent Island Heritage Society will hold its annual celebration of the heritage, life, and culture of Kent Island on Saturday, May 16 in Old Town Stevensville. This year’s event includes a parade, tours of historic buildings, vendors, great food, in family atmosphere. 

Chesapeake Bay Paddlefest (Middle River)
The Chesapeake's only FREE Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Demo Day offering FREE Intro Clinics to ages 13 and up. Enjoy live music, great food and the best paddling festival anywhere! Truckloads of stand up paddle boards and kayaks to test drive. Get great deals on gently used SUPs & kayaks.

Paddlefest on the Choptank (Denton)
Caroline Paddlefest features a 7.7 mile paddle down the Choptank River followed by a family-friendly festival at the Choptank River Yacht Club. Paddlers will depart Greensboro at 10am for a 7.7 downriver paddle to historic Denton, where there will be a festival featuring live entertainment, food, a kayak raffle and more from 11am - 4pm.

Piney Orchard Street Festival (Odenton)
6th Annual Street Festival in Piney Orchard (Odenton) Maryland - featuring dis all day; lots of food - anything from funnel cakes to crab cakes; pony rides; moon bounce; face painting and vendors galore featuring anything you can imagine.

Plein Air Quick Draw (Cockeysville)
Plein air is painting outside - rather than in a studio. The term comes from the French 'en plein air', meaning 'in the open air'. Popularized by Impressionists who were particularly interested in the influence of changing light and the effects of light on color when outdoors.

Spring Cruiser (Berlin)
Classic Cars line the streets of downtown Berlin. Thousands of visitors come to see these amazing classic cars, browse the shops and eat fabulous food. 

St. Michaels Running Festival (Saint Michaels)
Based in one of the oldest waterfront towns on the Chesapeake, runners will be treated to gorgeous water views, a quick mile past charming main street shops for the 10k and half marathon and a rockin' after-party in downtown St. Michaels. 

Warrior Dash Maryland (Mechanicsville)
Join Rockin’ Refuel as they Provide Protein to Washington, D.C. Warriors at the World’s Largest Obstacle Race Series this May 16 

1st Annual West Friendship Antique Car Show (West Friendship)
All Makes and Models are welcome!  Free spectator admission and parking, door prizes throughout the day, food, flea market and Car Corral


Loyal Servants of the Booths: Joe and Ann Hall (Bel Air)
Jim Chrismer focuses on African American and Civil War history.

Sanctus (Westminster)
Masterworks Chorale, a non-profit choir will perform works by Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Praetorius and Bernstein. Dr. Margaret Boudreaux directing; organist Ted Dix, The Children's Chorus of Carroll County, a Chamber Orchestra, and a Baroque instrument ensemble will perform with the Chorale.

Yoga Hike and Social for Adults and Families (Columbia)
Join us for a unique opportunity to discover the seasons through a hike followed by a seasonally inspired yoga class. Then join us for brunch at the Hickory Ridge Grill (hickoryridgegrill.com). As we traverse the Nature Center trails, discover what makes each season unique. Discover poses and breathing techniques that best suit your body’s needs during different times of the year. Learn a seasonally appropriate yoga movement sequence that you can practice at home. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose, comfortable clothes and shoes. You must preregister by May 15. Ages 21+ Cost: $20   Family excursion at 10:30am

Rocks, Rivers, and Railroads in Ellicott City and the Patapsco Valley (Ellicott City)
In 1771 four Quakers from Pennsylvania arrived in the Patapsco Valley to take advantage of the area’s steep slopes and fast running river (and cheap land, for it was poor for farming). The Ellicott brothers established a flour mill here and soon other mills, businesses, and settlements followed.  Come join with a local naturalist and author on a walk to discover why geological and geographic features of the Patapsco Valley caught the eye of the Ellicott Brothers, the B&O Railroad, and other settlements followed. Ellicott City and its surrounds have been called “the Silicon Valley of the 1700s and 1800s,” as it sparkled with innovation brought on by bright engineers improving their milling operations.
For this tour, co-sponsored by Patapsco Heritage Greenway and Baltimore Heritage, Inc., we will journey through 450 million years of environmental and social history in two hours to discover why geological and geographic features of the Patapsco Valley caught the eye of the Ellicott Brothers and the B&O Railroad, and encouraged others to settle in this spot. Our tour guide is Mr. Ned Tillman, author of the book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship. (His book is available for reduced price purchase at time of tour reservation.) The walk will include some hills but also plenty of breaks. With thanks to the Howard County Office of Tourism and Promotion, we will start and end the walk at the Welcome Center, with parking behind and a restroom within at the Old Post Office, 8267 Main Street in historic Ellicott City.
Join us for an outdoor jazz concert and art show at the elegant Historic Oakland!
Multi-talented singer, songwriter and musician, John Milton Wesleywill serenade you in Historic Oakland’s Bishops Graden. Take a stroll through the Howard County Center For African American Culture–just steps away from the entertainment. They will have artwork on display as well.
Mr. Wesley, a Columbia, MD native, spent his early years on keyboards with The Emotions, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson on many of their award winning albums.
Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church is kicking off the annual Greek Festival on May 15th -18th. We’ll be celebrating the beauty of traditional Greek culture, including music, food and dancing. Each year an estimated 15,000 people attend the festival from Frederick and surrounding counties. - See more at: http://www.visitmaryland.org/event/annual-greek-festival-sts-peter-paul-greek-orthodox-church#sthash.Gm6dDLCY.dpuf
Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church is kicking off the annual Greek Festival on May 15th -18th. We’ll be celebrating the beauty of traditional Greek culture, including music, food and dancing. Each year an estimated 15,000 people attend the festival from Frederick and surrounding counties. - See more at: http://www.visitmaryland.org/event/annual-greek-festival-sts-peter-paul-greek-orthodox-church#sthash.Gm6dDLCY.dpuf

Weekends on Wednesdays

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

This Weekend:

Bel Cantanti Opera-Mahler's "I am Lost to the World" (Silver Spring)
Bel Cantanti Opera is based in Montgomergy County, Maryland, in the Washington DC suburbs. Singers: Kathryn Wieckhorst, Robert McGinness, Meghan McCall. Accompanied by Katerina Souvorova. Sung in German with projected English super titles.

43rd Annual Baltimore Lithuanian Festival (Catonsville)
Traditional Crafts, Militaria Exhibit, National Folk Dances, Ethnic Foods
A Treat of Sight, Sound and Taste.  Bringing the Baltic to the Bay

Mid-Atlantic Wild West Fest Cowboy Reunion (West Friendship)
Authentic chuck wagon cooking, western main street shows, gunfight reenactments, cowboy mounted shooting, 1880's reenactors and camps, live music & vendors. 

Dreamworlds: work by Amy Lin (DC)
Addison/Ripley Fine Art Gallery--Lin uses a hybrid of sculpture and drawing to portray the circles and other repeating marks as portals to other worlds.

Maryland Film Festival (Baltimore)Maryland Film Festival is an annual five-day event that takes place in early May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. 

Portraits of the Harbor and the people of my life (Baltimore)
“Portraits of the Harbor and the people of my life” – Paintings by Liz Brasser May 7th – June 30th 2015 Exhibition and sale of works by local artist, Liz Brasser.

Springfest (Ocean City)
Four dynamic days of food, live music and unique arts and crafts under four huge big-top tents. 

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival (Bethesda)
The Bethesda Urban Partnership will host the annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. Two-day festival featuring more than 120 contemporary artists selling their original fine art and craft. The event will also have live entertainment, children's activities and restaurants.

20th Anniversary Celebration (Columbia)
This 20th Anniversary Celebration features the art of it's 5 remaining founding members: Jing-Jy Chen, Bonita Glaser, Debbie Hoeper, Carl Segal, and Denise Tarbell. Show runs from May4-May 29 with a reception May 8 from 6-8pm


Arsenal Of Democracy Flyover (D.C)
World War II Victory Capitol Flyover--To honor the heroes who fought in the War and those on the home front who produced the tanks, ships, and aircraft that enabled the United States and its Allies to achieve victory, one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled will fly above the skies of Washington, D.C.

May Day Play Day (Berlin)
Music Festival Downtown Berlin.

Mathew Brady's Photographs of Union Generals (DC)
Last Day! National Portrait Gallery--Studio portraits by one of the most famous photographers of the Civil War.


15th Annual Frederick Celtic Festival (Mount Airy)
Historical demonstrations, Scottish and Celtic Tents, Celtic dancing, Children's tent by Scots for Tots, Celtic food and vendors, dog demonstrations, Highland Games(caber toss, etc.) Evening Celtic Concert 7 – 10pm Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Fly-In to Victory Day: A Celebration of the End of WWII in Europe Family Day (DC)
A day of fun is presented by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum with a family day at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. The program, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day includes historic aircraft on display and WWII-era activities. The schedule is packed with mission reenactments, story times, swing dancing lessons, a paper airplane design challenge, and much more. For all ages. At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Howard County Historical Society Presents the Starvation Army Band (Ellicott City)
On May 9, the HCHS’s Museum Concert Series presents The Starvation Army Band from 7-9 p.m. in the HCHS’s Museum. Founded in 1989 as an off-shoot of the Columbia Concert Band, The Starvation Band specializes in Dixieland Jazz and added some Klezmer and Swing as well. The Starvation Army Band has entertained many at Howard County events, including Lakefront Concerts, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Vantage House, the Longfellow 4th of July parade and also at the Hebrew House of Greater Washington.

Mother's Day Special (Woodstock)
Enjoy a beautiful and delicious morning with your mother, daughter, grandmother or friends on Mothers Day weekend.  Stroll through the many niche gardens at the Conservancy and learn about their design and plantings from members of the Howard County garden clubs who created and maintain them.  Extend your walk through the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden, the “Sisters Garden” of herbs and perennials, and the large Community Garden. Refresh yourself with “bottomless cups” of tea and freshly baked Scottish scones in the restored Brown sisters’ historic farmhouse parlor. $5/person; $10/family

Maestro Khan and Sistah Mafalda & The Kuumba Performers (Hyattsville)
Ustad Shafaat is a master of sitar, surbahar and tabla. Sista Mafalda adds an energetic blend of African, Caribbean and American dance and drum traditions, and Kuumba Performers showcase their kuumba (“creativity” in Swahili), led by the award-winning teacher and performer Mafalda T. Bouzy.

Cambridge Beer Festival (Cambridge)
Delicious brews from regional breweries. Admission includes a small beer tasting glass and all the tastings you care to try. Food and live music too.

Bark in the Park (Frederick)
Bark in the Park, Utica District Park, 10200-B Old Frederick Rd.

Tails on Trails (Frederick)
5K9 Fun Run/Walk - walk or jog the scenic trail with or without a dog. Dogs who participate get free admission to Bark in the Park after the race at 10 am. Registration and fees: 301-600-2936 

Spring in the Village at Catoctin Furnace (Thurmont)
Enjoy the ambiance of a spring celebration in the village more than 200 years ago when the Catoctin Furnace was in blast. Crafts, flowers, heirloom plants, herbs, and children's activities. Traditional music & foods

The Carroll Family of County Offaly and Baltimore (Baltimore)
The Carroll family became affluent in MD after losing their fortune during tragic days in Ireland. Homes in Maryland and Ireland are included via photos and narration based on Denny's personal visits and historical research. Donations welcome.

Symphony Number One - Debut (Baltimore)
Symphony Number One presents its concert debut, featuring harpist Jordan Thomas and flutist Raoul Cho on May 8 & 9 at 8pm at the Baltimore War Memorial. Features the music of Mozart, Schubert, Webern, and the World Premiere of Mark Fromm's Symphony No. 1. Click "Tickets" to support via Kickstarter.

Mothers Day Market: Carroll County Farmers Market (Westminster)
Free plant for first 400 Mothers. Local vendors selling hanging baskets,herbs, perennials,garden plants, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, nuts, pasture raised meats. Beautiful hand made crafts. Breakfast and lunch served. Acoustic musicians will be on hand.


44th Annual Historic Harbor House Tour (Baltimore)
This self-guided tour will consist of about a dozen houses, including such “perennials” as the Hollingsworth-Steele House, cc 1790; the Robert Long House and Colonial Garden.

Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales (Salisbury)
Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt.

Make Mother's Day Memorable! (Hollywood)
Make Mother’s Day Memorable at Sotterley! Hollywood, MD - In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10, 2015, all mothers will receive the Guided Tour of the 1703 Plantation House at Sotterley Plantation for HALF PRICE on their special day! From noon to 4 p.